Young-Jun Son

Professor, Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Young-Jun Son is a Professor and Department Head of Systems and Industrial Engineering at University of Arizona. His research focuses on a data-driven, multi-scale, simulation and decision model needed for design and control in various applications, including energy-water-food nexus, extended manufacturing enterprise, homeland security, healthcare, and social network. He has authored/co-authored over 97 journal papers and 100 conference papers. He is a Fellow of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), and has received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 2004 Outstanding Young ME Award, the IIE 2005 Outstanding Young IE Award, the IISE Annual Meeting Best Paper Awards (2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2018, 2019), and Best Paper of the Year Award in 2007 from International Journal of IE. His research activities have been funded by NSF, AFOSR, DOT/FHWA, US Department of Energy/AZ Commerce Authority, USDA, NIST, Sandia National Lab, Science Foundation of Arizona, Boeing, Samsung, Motorola, Raytheon, Tucson Electric Power, Microsoft, and several application software companies. He is a Department Editor for IISE Transactions, on the editorial board for seven additional journals. He was the vice chair and secretary for the SISO Core Manufacturing Simulation Data (CMSD) Standard Product Development Group. He has served as co-Program Chair for ISERC 2007, the General Chair for INFORMS Annual Meeting 2018, and the General Chair for Winter Simulation Conference 2019.


  • PhD, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University